• University of Glasgow

Understanding Genetic Disorders: How DNA Influences Health

Explore the science behind our genetics and health and empower those with genetics disorders to make more informed health choices.

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Understanding Genetic Disorders: How DNA Influences Health

Gain insight into cutting-edge genetics testing technologies and research

This course offers a fascinating insight into how genetics can impact our health and the importance of understanding genetic diseases in order to better manage and treat patients.

Explore the connection between genetics and health

It’s estimated that around 1 in 17 individuals – a significant proportion of the population – are affected by rare disorders, many of which are already known to have a genetic basis.

On this course, you’ll have the chance to study the molecular basis of specific inherited genetic conditions that show the main patterns of inheritance.

Learn how to calculate genetic risk

You’ll learn how to analyse a pedigree to identify the genotypes and phenotypes that predict how a trait will be passed on genetically, and build your knowledge of how to calculate genetic risk.

Discover the latest in genetics testing and technology

As access to DNA testing becomes more widely available, laboratories are able to use cutting-edge genetic technologies to identify the genetic variants leading to a specific condition.

You’ll explore these technologies in detail, and learn how a better understanding of the genetic basis of disease enables professionals to improve therapies to treat genetic disorders.

You’ll also consider ways clinicians can better support patients in understanding the implications of genetic disorders and the options they have.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 22 seconds What makes us who we are in a large part the answer lies in our genes are genes make us all unique individuals. There is no such thing as a normal set of human genes, but our genes can also underlie many medical conditions. Some rare conditions like cystic fibrosis. Thalassemia and sickle cell disease are a consequence of particular jeans that are not working properly. Differences in our genes can also make us more susceptible to common conditions like dementia, cancer, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

Skip to 1 minute and 0 seconds Even our ability to overcome infectious agents like viruses can be influenced biology, and in this MOOC you will learn about how genetic differences can lead to disease, how genetic approaches can be used to generate a diagnosis for patients, and how genetic information helps to facilitate better management treatment and options for affected individuals and their families. We hope that you will join us as we explore this amazing subject.

What topics will you cover?

  • The Genetic Basis of Disease

  • Clinical Approaches in Genetics

  • Genetics Laboratory Diagnostics Services

  • Clinical Management of Genetic Conditions

  • Living with Genetic Disease

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Discuss the molecular basis of selected inherited conditions that illustrate the main patterns of inheritance
  • Understand how to draw and analyse a pedigree and calculate genetic risk
  • Describe how laboratories can use the latest technologies to identify genetic variants that have led to the patient's condition
  • Explore how an understanding of the genetic basis of disease can facilitate improved management and therapies of genetic conditions
  • Explore ways in which clinicians and genetic counsellors help patients to understand the implications of genetics for themselves and other family members and explore the options available to them

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning genetics and the clinical impact of differences in our DNA.

The course will be particularly useful for healthcare professionals, patients, and carer groups.

Who will you learn with?

My PhD was undertaken in the Genetics Department at the University of Leicester, and I’m currently a Senior Lecturer in Medical Genetics at the University of Glasgow. I’m a Senior Fellow of the HEA.

Gerhard is from South Germany and moved to Glasgow in 1990 after completing a PhD in Bacterial Genetics. He is a lecturer in Medical Genetics at the University of Glasgow.

My PhD was in Developmental Medicine and I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Medical Genetics at the University of Glasgow. I have also been a Senior Fellow of the HEA since 2016.

Prof. Ed. Tobias PhD FRCP enjoys genomic research, teaching & seeing patients. Runs EuroGEMS.org & the Clinical Genomics course on Univ of Glasgow’s multi-award-winning MSc in Med. Genetics & Genomics

I have a PhD from the University of Glasgow. I’ve worked in Molecular Diagnostics in the NHS before returning to research. In 2019 I took up a teaching post in Medical Genetics.

Who developed the course?

The University of Glasgow

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities.

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  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland, UK
  • World ranking

    Top 70Source: QS World University Rankings 2020

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